How to Get Rid of Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis

hey everyone welcome back to pretty well dr. Angela here with you in this video we're gonna cover a not so sexy topic fleeky itchy scalp aka dandruff I know we've been on a super glamorous roll lately in terms of topics recovering but I feel like these are some of the topics that I know many of us commonly struggle with but we don't like to talk about them and so we might secretly be searching for ways to deal with them online and so I thought you know we could do a little video covering this because I know it's pretty common I know I myself since my teenage years have actually struggled with some flare-ups of dandruff and I know many of my patients do as well because it gets checked off on the intake form often it's not the chief complaint it's not what drives most of us into a doctor's office or dermatologists office but it's certainly annoying I definitely like to wear a lot of black many of you may have noticed at this point a lot of my wardrobe choices are black and there's nothing grosser I just like a gear than having little white flakes all over your clothes so the good news is this is actually something that we can take a lot of proactive steps to keep in check so want to cover some of those here with you guys because just like the after school learning special the more we know the better we can do at taking good care of our bodies so dandruff one of the most common causes of dandruff or triggers of dandruff is a skin condition that's diagnosed as seborrheic dermatitis and it's not limited to the scalp but most of us who will experience it will have it on the scalp it can also be sometimes on the eyebrows or ears or around our mouth just a little kind of white flaking skin so there is a fungal component to that skin condition it's a chronic inflammatory skin condition it's not dangerous in any way but it is annoying and it's also a sign for us to check into other things so one of the reasons why we might have a flare-up in this yeast that's normally found on our skin is that we might be stressed we might have other situations going on where our immune systems a little suppressed a common situation might be a slightly low thyroid that's a common reason for a lot of fungal skin conditions and so that can also happen on our scalp and on our face if we're prone to this uh break dermatitis so definitely checking in on our stress levels check in our thyroid levels interestingly enough genetics those of us who are prone to more sebum production so more oil production the type of yeast that causes this flaking situation actually likes the high oil environment and so sometimes women who have higher androgen levels like DHEA or testosterone might produce more of this oil in our skin men definitely and so sometimes men are actually more prone to dandruff because of the situation where we make more oil in our skin one of the things that feeds the yeast that can normally be found on our skin is sugar so this is a chronic inflammatory condition so you want to be thinking about anything that can increase inflammation so we'll talk about that in a second but sugar has two ways of making this worse one is that sugar in general is just inflammatory and the other is that sugar certainly feeds microbes like yeast and so kind of double whammy there and so sugar can mean actual cane sugar but it can also mean things like honey alcohol is metabolized as a carbohydrate and so you know having excess alcohol can flare up skin issues like that having just a lot of simple carbs so pasta crackers you know bagels toast sandwiches all that sort of thing so really being mindful to you up are nutrient-dense foods as usual and turn down our pro-inflammatory foods another thing to think about is if you have food intolerances or food allergies you can do a simple elimination reintroduction diet you can also get blood testing done that can help you figure that out as well but avoiding foods that are your allergy or intolerance –is because having more of those can up regulate inflammation in your body and make skin conditions including seborrheic dermatitis okay dandruff worse what else can we do so in terms of supplements here are some things that could be very helpful number one making sure we have adequate essential fatty acids these are really anti-inflammatories so these are a classic omega-3s so EPA and DHA that's typically found in seaweed and fish also flax seeds are source of omega-3 fatty acids and then also some of the GLA sources things that would be found in evening primrose oil borage those are really great to help take down inflammation in the skin another thing that's been found in research is that some of the B vitamins can be deficient in some people who struggle with a lot of these flakey skin conditions and so the key B vitamins that we're looking at here are b6 B to folate and biotin so you could take a multivitamin you could take a high quality B complex you might supplement with a little bit of extra biotin on top of that and then the other really great nutrient for taking care of a lot of these flakey skin issues is zinc and zinc can be used orally but it can also be used topically so then you'll notice a lot of the commercial preparations like head and shoulders I'm have zinc in them there's definitely some great natural product lines as well that are rich in zinc if we need some topical control so both in shampoos and then they do have scalp lotions that you can leave in if things are really flared up but as always you know trying to get to the root cause of the issue I mean we definitely want to do damage control once an issue is happening and active but if we know what brings on a problem to do work to prevent an issue from occurring to begin with and then we don't have to deal with all of the symptom management so that's just a little bit on some quick easy natural ways to take care of flaky scalp itchy scalp dandruff there's many things that are also effective not everything that's natural you know has been studied there are quite a few things that have been studied and I can put links for some of those in the description box for you guys but essentially knowing that from a conventional medicine standpoint the way we tend to manage dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis is to prescribe topical steroids and topical antifungals those are some effective treatments for minimizing and eliminating dandruff seborrheic dermatitis and so we can think about the same mechanisms of action but through natural things emu oil has some studies out there that show that it's been effective in helping to calm this down so if any of you out there have used any natural items that are anti-inflammatory and antifungal and you've had good results definitely share that with the community if you have links to different studies you want to pop in the comment box do that so we can all learn together and keep the comments coming in terms of what you'd like to keep learning about and we will keep trying to address questions as quickly as possible we love having you guys here with us it's been so fun to watch the community grow so sorry we're a little bit behind on questions sometimes life happens but we will catch up and answer as many questions as we can take wonderful care see you back here soon


  1. On the hair topic…any suggestions… I lose so much hair daily thanks for suggestions. Love for the vocabulary you are planting for me to aid understanding.

  2. Is this information applicable to psoriasis on the scalp?

  3. Great tips! And I love your curly hair, it's so gorgeous 🤗💜✨

  4. Thank you so much

  5. You set my mind at ease, I didnt know what was wrong with me.

    I never had any issues with skin anywhere then I had a hysterectomy and all kinds of chaos broke loose. I just want to say thank you so much for sharing this information, God bless you!

  6. Thank you for these suggestions, I will try some of these.

    I have pretty bad eczema/SD, on my head, neck, and nose, and just recently on my body. I went to see an ND (after getting prescribed another round of steroids from adermatologist.. sigh) and I'm on an elimination diet + supplements. Ever since starting the diet, if I accidentally eat gluten and/or oats, it flares up. I am looking forward to getting more clarity on this issue.

    Anyone suffering from this, I know the embarrassment or the constant flaking.

  7. Hi pretty hope you doing good

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